Rio Ferdinand has revealed that Frank Lampard’s “long loud” midnight toilet trips would wake him up while on England international duty.
Both players started off their careers for West Ham in the 1990s and went on to become England regulars as part of the famous “golden generation”.
The duo, who became rivals at club level for Manchester United and Chelsea respectively, featured at the controversial 2006 World Cup where the Three Lions were knocked out by Portugal in the quarter-finals.
But Ferdinand, 43, has now revealed a hilarious story which may provide another explanation to the side’s lack of success at the tournament.
Speaking to The Sun in an interview, the 43-year-old claimed his ex-roomate’s late-night bathroom habits were a “bummer” and ruined his sleep.
Ferdinand said: “When I got called up for England I used to share with Frank Lampard.
“He didn’t snore or anything and he was mostly good but the only thing that was a bit of a bummer was that at midnight he would go to the toilet and it was quite loud.
“In fact it was really loud. So loud that it used to wake me up. This long, loud p*ss.”
Ferdinand played for England 81 times before retiring from international duty in 2011, while Lampard received 106 caps.
While he shared a room with Lampard, the defender has previously put the golden generation’s failure to win a trophy down to frictions among players stemming from their club battles.
Ferdinand told Times magazine in 2018 that the competitiveness of the Premier League sides manifested itself in players not wanting to spend time around those from different clubs.
He said on their collective failure: “It overshadowed things. It killed that England team, that generation.
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“One year we would have been fighting Liverpool to win the league, another year it would be Chelsea.
“So I was never going to walk into the dressing room and open up to Frank Lampard, Ashley Cole, John terry or Joe Cole at Chelsea, or Steven Gerrard or Jamie Carragher at Liverpool.
“I wouldn’t open up because of the fear they would take something back to their clubs and use it against us, to make them better than us. I didn’t really want to engage with them.”
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